Sunday Wordle: June 3, 2012

I’m not in the habit of sharing “raw” work, but I just discovered The Sunday Whirl, which offers a weekly list of random words and challenges writers to do something with them–a poem, a short fiction piece. To put “new” words out there feels risky, but it’s a great exercise, so here goes. I used all the words in Wordle 59 in this little piece of fiction:

After Chelsea and Mark split up, she left town and rented a room in a cheap motel across the street from the beach. It wasn’t far, but just far enough she thought Mark wouldn’t find her. She lay crumpled on the bed, going through boxes of tissue. The bruise had begun to fade now, going yellowish. Her ribs hurt less, it was easier to draw breath, but still. He never should have gone that far. Who would have thought they would crash and burn that way? She had tiptoed around the edges of his anger, tried to chisel away his defenses, but Mark basked in the glow of argument, he’d beat her every time, not with his fists—at least not until now—but with words. He could nail her, pierce her like that fly in a poem she’d read in high school, pinned and wriggling on the wall.

When somebody knocked at the door, she crouched on the other side of the bed. It was late afternoon; the sun filtered through the ugly drapes and cast patterns on the walls.

“Chelsea? You in there?” Mark. She thought her lungs would burst, holding in her breath that way, trying not to answer.

Monday Discovery Aside: Nick Thacker on Networking . . .

Among other great advice, Nick Thacker offers the following in his guest post, “3 Great Tips for Authors on Networking” at C. S. Lakin’s Live Write Thrive:

You can’t do everything. “Shiny Object Syndrome” can be a tricky beast to overcome, but you need to stay focused on the things that will truly matter. Always look to add value wherever you are, but know, too, that you can’t update your Facebook profile, Goodreads account, Twitter feed, and blog, and simultaneously guest post at fifty other sites while writing your manuscript for the next book in the series. You’ll get burnt out very quickly (trust me, I’ve been there). Instead, focus on a “home base” that you can point your network to, and “branch out” into smaller connection points, like Twitter and Facebook accounts. If you’re struggling to make enough time for it all, temporarily cut back to your writing and your home base.

Food for thought, especially when the writing—the most important thing—gets pushed into the background.

Nifty Garden/Food Blogs

squash blossom, summer 2011

Related to “Futile Seeds”: if you’re a serious gardener, or a wannabe like me, or if you simply admire from a distance, or if you’re a foodie—check out these other terrific blogs:

thekitchensgarden: a lighthearted, moving, sometimes funny look at life on a real farm!

Misk Cooks and also Misk’s Garden Diary: lovely food and garden photographs!

Life on the Funny Farm: Anne Kimball’s just-what-it-says blog—funny, moving, endearing!

Postscript: And, because Putney Farm paid a visit and commented here, I went over to their blog, another lovely one about gardening/food, with recipes, lots of nice photos. Check them out, too.

Maybe this list will grow (better than our seeds do); see “Futile Seeds”!